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Who Will Survive the Seven Questions?

Twice a month, we toss seven questions at one of our favorite artists, creators, makers, or innovators. It’s a chance for us to support people in our greater creative community—those who inspire us and intrigue us. Even better, it gives us yet another chance to talk whiskey!


Hilly Holsonback, a dynamic and buzzworthy multimedia and performance artist, has become a fixture in the North Texas art scene in recent years for her unique uses of projection, light and photography, and for her subtly transgressive takes on American femininity. She’s had solo exhibitions at Eugene Binder Gallery in Marfa, Texas, and Sean Horton Presents in Dallas, Texas, and her work was featured in I’m Looking Through You, a two-person exhibition at Horton Gallery, New York, in 2012. Holsonback has also been featured in various Dallas group exhibitions at the Dallas Contemporary, Site 131, and Barry Whistler Gallery, among others. The Dallas Observer recently named Holsonback (@hillyholsonback) one of the “Dallas Artists You Should Be Following on Instagram.”…

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Daniel Davis and Marco Gutierrez of West Texas Exiles

With influences ranging from The Flatlanders and Buddy Holly to Augustana and Jason Isbell, West Texas Exiles are reinvigorating the music world with a modern interpretation of the “Lone Star vernacular.” Grounded in rhythmic vibrancy and lyrical honesty, the Exile sound echoes the vastness of the West Texas sky. “New Moon Foe,” the band’s first single from their self-titled debut album, combines a driving, grinding pulse with haunting lyrics. Meanwhile their second single, “Hotel Tomorrow,” evokes the ghosts of southwestern Americana at its snakebit best. But it’s on a track simply entitled “Exile” that the group’s intentions are declared most strikingly: this band of outsiders aren’t just waltzing across Texas; they’re riding into the sunset in search of new musical horizons….

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Michael Wayne Hall has made a career of using color and form to create unexpected emotions in those who view his work. His abstract paintings are grounded in his love of the flat-color aesthetics of vintage screen-printing. For this reason, his works feel at once both familiar and new, retro and modern, calming and energizing. Michael’s work is always created by hand and painted without the use of tape or masking, which allows for the “realness” of wobbles, smudges, and other imperfections to remain. While each piece is extremely precise, a close examination reveals the handmade nature of the process. Mistakes are left to be discovered. If you’d like to see some of Michael’s work, check out his Instagram—or head over to the Still Austin Tasting Room, where he painted the interiors!…

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